Bathing your baby can be a fun thing to do, but is at the same time risky when you don’t take into considerations few important things. Here are a few precautions that you must take care of when giving your little kid a bath.
1. Make sure all the bathing supplies is within your reach:
Be sure to have all of your bathing supplies beforehand and within arm’s reach so you are not having to grab things after you already have baby in the tub that would require you to take your hand off of them.
2.Keep them in a warm room
Be sure the room where you plan on bathing your baby is at a comfortably warm temperature (typically around 75 degrees). Babies lose heat rapidly and can easily become chilled so it’s important to keep the room temperature warm enough for them and limiting the amount of time they sit in the water. If there is a ceiling fan on where you are bathing baby, be sure it is turned off prior to undressing them. The bathroom is the ideal place for bathing as it is generally a smaller room and holds heat better.
3.Keep things slip-free:
Bathrooms can get slippery with all that water flowing from the sink, tub, shower, Find a faucet cover for your bathtub faucet to avoid a potential injury. Also, install non-slip mats in the tub and surrounding floors to keep the surfaces slip-free. You can find mats in fun colors and shapes that kids will like too.
4. Be mold free:
We all know that bath toys make bath time more fun, but when your kids are playing, be sure their toys aren’t a breeding ground for bacteria. Toy culprits include wooden toys or spongy ones that retain moisture. Either way – for all toys – make it a habit to rinse them out and air dry daily, and then once a week or so, wash/clean them. Some toys are even dishwasher safe. If the toy shows signs of mold, throw it away immediately.
5. No bubble bath:
Do not use bubble bath. Babies’ skin is very sensitive and can easily become irritated. Bubble bath can cause irritation to the urethra and also dries out the skin, so skip the bubbles. Also be sure the soap you are using is mild and specifically meant for babies. You can even wash your baby without soap as long as you be sure to get into the folds and clean really well.
6. Use sensitive soaps:
When bathing your young children be sure you use a baby shampoo or something that is made for sensitive skin and that is fragrance (and chemical) free.
7.Keep the temperature of water under control
Make sure the bath water is just right. You want the water warm around 90- 100 degrees, but no hotter. Use the inside of your wrist or elbow to test the water temperature because these more sensitive areas are better for checking to be sure water isn’t too hot.